The Foreign Minister Receives his Belgian Counterpart

Foreign Minister Mr. Mohamad A. Alhakim received Mr. Philippe Goffin , the Belgian Foreign Minister, the two sides discussed strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields to achieve common interests.

Minister Alhakim stated in a statement to the media: We discussed political and security developments at local, regional and international levels, and stressed the importance of respect for the sovereignty of Iraq, and supporting the efforts to eliminate terrorism and achieve reconstruction, and condemned the attacks that targeted Iraqi territories, considering it a violation of Iraqi sovereignty and the provisions of international law.

Minister Alhakim added “ We agreed on the importance of continuing cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and extremism, and working to remove the causes of the return of Da’esh terrorist organization, cooperation on foreign fighters to bring them to justice in accordance with relevant national regulations.

They also discussed regional issues of concern to both sides, including: the developments of the Palestinian issue, expressing Iraq’s position rejecting the so-called deal of the century and that any settlement must guarantee the full rights of the Palestinian people.

Minister Alhakim called on the European Union to play a role in ensuring the rights of the Palestinian people to establish a unified and viable state with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital in accordance with international legitimacy resolutions.

Minister Al-Hakim stressed the need to support efforts aimed at easing tensions in the region between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America to spare the region the threat of any destructive war that has serious repercussions on the region and the world.